Motorists east- and
westbound on Broadway will notice--can’t help but notice--that the stop
signs at the intersection of Eighth Street are now flashing prominently.
Street Commissioner John Schnadenberg told the Town Council at its meeting
Monday night, the Street Department installed the solar-powered flashers in
the hope of preventing further accidents at the intersection.
“A lot of people
blow through it,” Schnadenberg said, despite the fact that the Police
Department overlooks the intersection. “We’ve used flashers in other areas
where people are disregarding stop signs.”
West Indiana Ave.
In other business,
Town Engineer Mark O’Dell reported that he and Schnadenberg are currently
working on the specs for a major sidewalk replacement project: along the
north side of West Indiana Ave. between Sixth Street and South 15th Street.
O’Dell’s request, voted unanimously to authorize him to work with Town
Attorney Chuck Lukmann on going out to quote on the project, with a quote
opening at their Feb. 10 meeting.
O’Dell noted that
$100,000 has been earmarked for the project, to be funded by the
$1.8-million general obligation bond issued in 2018 for paving and
INDOT on Ind. 49
and Indian Boundary
reported that he will soon be meeting with a representative from the Indiana
Department of Transportation to discuss an upcoming INDOT project at the
intersection of Ind. 49 and Indian Boundary Road.
O’Dell said that he
has no further information about the scope of the project.
The Bowling Alley
reported that the former Westchester Lanes property has been purchased and
that the Building Department is working with the new owner, Lukas Weldon, on
the necessary permits for remodeling it.
O’Dell was unsure
how Weldon will be using the space but said that Weldon could be converting
it into a warehouse or repair facility.
Manager Bernie Doyle reported that the new owners of the Namaste Indian
restaurant, 715 Plaza Drive, have expressed an interested in applying for an
alcohol permit under the Riverfront District designation.
Doyle advised the
owners to get their paperwork in order, and said that he could soon have
more information for the council.
New CFD Engine
Fire Chief John
Jarka, for his part, reported that the CFD’s new engine has been delivered
by its manufacturer to the dealer, Smeal/Spartan Fire Apparatus of
Valparaiso, but that further work remains to be done: graphics, for
financed through a 2.04-percent seven-year loan offered by the First State
Bank of Porter.
gratefully accepted a $1,250 donation to the CFD Gift Fund from Indiana
American Water Company (IAWC).
Jarka said that
IAWC makes an annual donation to the Gift Fund, which the CFD uses to
Superintendent Dave Ryan took a moment to thank his staff for their
exemplary work over the weekend during the 2.73-inch rain event on Friday
“Hats off to my
team for managing the rain last weekend,” he said. “We didn’t send anything
to the river, so obviously the storage basin has paid off.”
The Chesterton Town
Council is once again taking applications from residents interested in
serving on the Police Commission.
That, after the
resignation of freshly appointed Bob Aponte, who on further consideration
decided he hasn’t the time to devote to the seat.
At its meeting
Monday night, the Town Council voted unanimously to accept Aponte’s
resignation, rescind the appointment, and invite residents interested in
serving to apply.
application should be mailed or delivered to the Clerk-Treasurer’s Office,
1490 Broadway, by 4:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20. Republicans, Democrats, and
Independents may all apply.